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Virginia 90, Boston College 70
Feb. 22, 2009
Postgame Quotes

Virginia Head Coach Debbie Ryan:
Opening Statement:
I felt like we started off really strong and kept the ball out of Carolyn Swords’ hands early. We backed off a little bit in the first half and then we came out in the second half and stepped up the pressure and that really helped keep our turnovers down which was the difference in the game.

On the Cavaliers’ second-half run:
I thought Britnee Millner came out with fire in her eyes and Kristen London played really good defense. Lyndra Littles and Monica Wright got it going in the transition game and it really was an excellent half.

On the senior class:
Britnee has come a long way in every shape and form. She has grown by leaps and bounds and I am proud of the person she has turned into. She gives us great minutes and I am really proud of her development. Lyndra has had remarkable development in her time at Virginia. She is a very different person than what come into Virginia on the first day. Aisha Mohammed is a great player but an even better person. She obviously anchors us down in the paint and means everything to us in terms of rebounding. I had a lot of respect for the way Kristen London approached her time here at Virginia. She has meant a lot to us in the last several games and has given us a real stable player coming off the bench.

Virginia Senior Guard/Forward Lyndra Littles
On the play of freshman Ariana Moorer:
She’s getting it. She’s working tremendously hard in practice and realizing that if she works hard in practice it transfers over. I don’t consider her a freshman anymore. She’s maturing, taking what she does in practice and putting it on the court and getting rewarded for it.

On getting the win on Senior Night:
It was huge. Collectively, yes we knew it was Senior Night but we were still here to play basketball so we can celebrate later. The ball tips and you play basketball. Your mind shifts from the emotions to we have to get this done.’

Virginia Senior Guard Britnee Millner
On the crowd:
As our last game here at JPJA we wanted to give the fans the type of game they deserve, as well as ourselves. It’s not just one person who brings energy. We feed off of each other. Our fans were a big part of our energy tonight.

Virginia Senior Center Aisha Mohammed
On guarding 6-6 Boston College center Carolyn Swords:
She’s really strong down there. She got some easy lob passes, but at the same time I tried my best to make sure she didn’t touch the ball. I just give thanks that we won.

Virginia Junior Guard Monica Wright
On playing good defense:
We did a lot of re-focusing. Tonight our defense was phenomenal. Our defense fuels our offense.

On any pressure that existed because of Senior Night:
At the beginning of course we wanted to make sure they went out with a win. But during the game, they took care of it. I didn’t have to do anything but play my role. As soon as the second half started, it was done from there.

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